Vauxhall the Missing Link Competition

RIBA Competitions are delighted to announce the launch of a new international design competition for Vauxhall on London’s South Bank. Vauxhall is at the heart of a huge new Area of Opportunity and Vauxhall One, the Business Improvement District (BID) for Vauxhall, are seeking design ideas to improve and enhance the public realm, providing the ‘Missing Link’ between the New US Embassy Quarter and the cultural offering of London’s South Bank.

The competition is open to registered architects, landscape designers and architects, urban designers and students of these disciplines worldwide. As with the New York ‘High Line’ competition multi-disciplinary design teams are encouraged.

Two copies of a single A1 board (one laminated for outdoor use) containing design ideas are required for stage one and it is the intention to shortlist 3 schemes for the second stage with each shortlisted entrant receiving honoraria of £2,000 + VAT. There will also be a prize for the best student entry of £500.

All entries will be exhibited during April 2013 at both the Garden Museum and on an outdoor cultural trail through the parks and railway arches of Vauxhall.


The Jury Panel (which may be subject to change) is expected to comprise:

  • Chris Law, RIBA Adviser, Public Realm and Development Director, Vauxhall One
  • Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum
  • Stephen Crisp, Head Gardener to US Ambassador
  • Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute
  • Richard Tice, Chairman of Vauxhall One
  • Angela Brady, President of the RIBA
  • Doreen Lawrence, Founder of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
  • Joanne Wallis, RIBA Competitions Consultant (observer)

Organised site visits for registered entrants | Wednesday 6 February 2013
Registration Deadline | Thursday 7 March 2013
Submission Deadline | Tuesday 12 March 2013

More information at Vauxhall the Missing Link Competition

WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE is NOT involved with the organisation of this competition. All enquiries should be directed to the organisers via Vauxhall the Missing Link Competition website

IMAGE |  Courtesy of Vauxhall the Missing Link Competition

London Vauxhall – The Missing Link Competition is being promoted by Vauxhall One with management and support provided by RIBA Competitions.

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